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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold book cover
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
John le Carré - 2019-07-04 (first published in 1963)
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In this classic, John le Carre's third novel and the first to earn him international acclaim, he created a world unlike any previously experienced in suspense fiction. With unsurpassed knowledge culled from his years in British Intelligence, le Carre brings to light the shadowy dealings of international espionage in the tale of a British agent who ...
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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
A George Smiley Novel
John le Carré - 2020-03-31 (first published in 1974)
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From the New York Times bestselling author of A Legacy of Spies. John le Carré's new novel, Agent Running in the Field, is coming October 2019.The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement--especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with ...
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The Secret Agent
Joseph Conrad - 2020-12-10 (first published in 1907)
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Mr Verloc, the secret agent, keeps a shop in London's Soho where he lives with his wife Winnie, her infirm mother, and her idiot brother, Stevie. When Verloc is reluctantly involved in an anarchist plot to blow up the Greenwich Observatory things go disastrously wrong, and what appears to be "a simple tale" proves to involve politicians, policemen,...
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The Day of the Jackal
Frederick Forsyth - 2018-05-29 (first published in 1971)
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A tall, blond Englishman with opaque, gray eyes. A killer at the top of his profession. A man unknown to any secret service in the world. An assassin with a contract to kill the world's most heavily guarded man.One man with a rifle who can change the course of history. One man whose mission is so secretive not even his employers know his name. And ...
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Ben Shapiro
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Level 4
The Bourne Identity Book and MP3 Pack (Pearson English Graded Readers)
Aa. VV - 2013-01-01
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[Penguin Readers Level 4]Paperback. Language: English Publisher:... Pearson The man has been shot many times Who wants to kill him. and why The man cant remember As he begins to learn about his past. he becomes even more confused Does he have a future Or will he be killed before he knows who - or what - he really is...
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The Hunt for Red October
Tom Clancy - 1999-10-15 (first published in 1984)
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Here is the runaway bestseller that launched Tom Clancy's phenomenal career. A military thriller so gripping in its action and so convincing in its accuracy that the author was rumored to have been debriefed by the White House. Its theme: the greatest espionage coup in history. Its story: the chase for a top secret Russian missile sub. Lauded by th...
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Berlin Game
Len Deighton - 1983-11-12
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When a valuable agent behind the Iron Curtain signals he wants out, it's up to Bernard Samson, once active in the field but now anchored to a London desk, to undertake the crucial rescue. But soon, Samson is confronted with evidence that there is a traitor among his colleagues. And to find out who it is, he must sift through layers of lies and foll...
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Red Sparrow
A Novel (1) (The Red Sparrow Trilogy)
Jason Matthews - 2014-12-09
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In the grand spy-tale tradition of John le Carré comes this shocking thriller written with insider detail known only to a veteran CIA officer. In present-day Russia, ruled by blue-eyed, unblinking President Vladimir Putin, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the post-Soviet intelligence jungle. Ordered against her ...
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John Sipher
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Our Man in Havana
Graham Greene - 2001-01-01 (first published in 1958)
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Mr. Wormold, vacuum cleaner salesman in a city of powercuts, is, as always, short of money. His daughter, sixteen, followed everywhere by wolf whistles, is spending his money with a skill that amazes him, so when a mysterious Englishman offers him an extra income he's tempted. All he has to do is run agents, file reports: spy. But his fake reports ...
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A Coffin for Dimitrios
Eric Ambler - 2004-01-01 (first published in 1939)
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A chance encounter with a Turkish colonel with a penchant for British crime novels leads mystery writer Charles Latimer into a world of sinister political and criminal maneuvers throughout the Balkans in the years between the world wars. Hoping that the career of the notorious Dimitrios, whose body has been identified in an Istanbul morgue, will in...
The Spy and the Traitor by Ben MacIntyre
Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
City Spies by James Ponti
The Quiet American by Graham Greene
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Secret Service by Tom Bradby
At Risk by Rimington, Stella by
Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham
Killing Eve by Luke Jennings
The Billion Dollar Spy by David E. Hoffman
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris
Diary of a Dead Man on Leave by David Downing
Mac Undercover by Mac Barnett
Ultimatum by Frank Gardner
The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva
Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls by Beth McMullen
Jada Sly, Artist & Spy by Sherri Winston
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
Agent Running in the Field by John le Carré
Slow Horses by Mick Herron
Restless by William Boyd
From Russia with Love by Ian Fleming
Hue and Cry by Patricia Wentworth
The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
The Travelers by Chris Pavone